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Acts 16

NCV 1 Paul came to Derbe and Lystra, where a follower named Timothy lived. Timothy's mother was Jewish and a believer, but his father was a Greek. NIV 1 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. NCV 2 The believers in Lystra and Iconium respected Timothy and said good things about him. NIV 2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. NCV 3 Paul wanted Timothy to travel with him, but all the Jews living in that area knew that Timothy's father was Greek. So Paul circumcised Timothy to please the Jews. NIV 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. NCV 4 Paul and those with him traveled from town to town and gave the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. NIV 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. NCV 5 So the churches became stronger in the faith and grew larger every day. NIV 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers. NCV 6 Paul and those with him went through the areas of Phrygia and Galatia since the Holy Spirit did not let them preach the Good News in the country of Asia. NIV 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. NCV 7 When they came near the country of Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not let them. NIV 7 When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. NCV 8 So they passed by Mysia and went to Troas. NIV 8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. NCV 9 That night Paul saw in a vision a man from Macedonia. The man stood and begged, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." NIV 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” NCV 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we immediately prepared to leave for Macedonia, understanding that God had called us to tell the Good News to those people. NIV 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. NCV 11 We left Troas and sailed straight to the island of Samothrace. The next day we sailed to Neapolis. NIV 11 From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. NCV 12 Then we went by land to Philippi, a Roman colonyn and the leading city in that part of Macedonia. We stayed there for several days. NIV 12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days. NCV 13 On the Sabbath day we went outside the city gate to the river where we thought we would find a special place for prayer. Some women had gathered there, so we sat down and talked with them. NIV 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. NCV 14 One of the listeners was a woman named Lydia from the city of Thyatira whose job was selling purple cloth. She worshiped God, and he opened her mind to pay attention to what Paul was saying. NIV 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. NCV 15 She and all the people in her house were baptized. Then she invited us to her home, saying, "If you think I am truly a believer in the Lord, then come stay in my house." And she persuaded us to stay with her. NIV 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. NCV 16 Once, while we were going to the place for prayer, a servant girl met us. She had a special spiritn in her, and she earned a lot of money for her owners by telling fortunes. NIV 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. NCV 17 This girl followed Paul and us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High God. They are telling you how you can be saved." NIV 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” NCV 18 She kept this up for many days. This bothered Paul, so he turned and said to the spirit, "By the power of Jesus Christ, I command you to come out of her!" Immediately, the spirit came out. NIV 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. NCV 19 When the owners of the servant girl saw this, they knew that now they could not use her to make money. So they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them before the city rulers in the marketplace. NIV 19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. NCV 20 They brought Paul and Silas to the Roman rulers and said, "These men are Jews and are making trouble in our city. NIV 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar NCV 21 They are teaching things that are not right for us as Romans to do." NIV 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” NCV 22 The crowd joined the attack against them. The Roman officers tore the clothes of Paul and Silas and had them beaten with rods. NIV 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. NCV 23 Then Paul and Silas were thrown into jail, and the jailer was ordered to guard them carefully. NIV 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. NCV 24 When he heard this order, he put them far inside the jail and pinned their feet down between large blocks of wood. NIV 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. NCV 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God as the other prisoners listened. NIV 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. NCV 26 Suddenly, there was a strong earthquake that shook the foundation of the jail. Then all the doors of the jail broke open, and all the prisoners were freed from their chains. NIV 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. NCV 27 The jailer woke up and saw that the jail doors were open. Thinking that the prisoners had already escaped, he got his sword and was about to kill himself. NIV 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. NCV 28 But Paul shouted, "Don't hurt yourself! We are all here." NIV 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” NCV 29 The jailer told someone to bring a light. Then he ran inside and, shaking with fear, fell down before Paul and Silas. NIV 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. NCV 30 He brought them outside and said, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" NIV 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” NCV 31 They said to him, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved -- you and all the people in your house." NIV 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” NCV 32 So Paul and Silas told the message of the Lord to the jailer and all the people in his house. NIV 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. NCV 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took Paul and Silas and washed their wounds. Then he and all his people were baptized immediately. NIV 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. NCV 34 After this the jailer took Paul and Silas home and gave them food. He and his family were very happy because they now believed in God. NIV 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. NCV 35 The next morning, the Roman officers sent the police to tell the jailer, "Let these men go free." NIV 35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” NCV 36 The jailer said to Paul, "The officers have sent an order to let you go free. You can leave now. Go in peace." NIV 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” NCV 37 But Paul said to the police, "They beat us in public without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens. And they threw us in jail. Now they want to make us go away quietly. No! Let them come themselves and bring us out." NIV 37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” NCV 38 The police told the Roman officers what Paul said. When the officers heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were afraid. NIV 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. NCV 39 So they came and told Paul and Silas they were sorry and took them out of jail and asked them to leave the city. NIV 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. NCV 40 So when they came out of the jail, they went to Lydia's house where they saw some of the believers and encouraged them. Then they left. NIV 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.

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